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In today’s devotion posted on the Proverbs 31 blog, I wrote about the importance of listening to the guiding voice of our Heavenly Referee. We all want to be Spirit led. We want to hear from God and know that we know we’ve made the right decision and are on the right path. The fact that God is BIG and ALMIGHTY yet cares about the details of our lives so much so that He strives to guide us is what makes this topic so intriguing. However, the million dollar question is how do I know for certain God is speaking?
When it comes to hearing from our Heavenly Referee, the Bible is our source and authority. The Bible is God’s voice speaking to us daily. We learn to recognize His voice by spending time in His Word. The Word is our filter from which we separate all other messages that bombard us each day.
The world is shouting at us. “COME OVER HERE AND LOOK AT ALL MY SHINY STUFF! IT CAN BE YOURS!” If we’re not careful, it can drown out the voice of our Heavenly Referee. That’s why it’s important to know and mediate on God’s Word and then measure everything else against it.
Seeking the wrong counsel can also drown out God’s voice. How many times are you and I tempted to pick up the phone instead of picking up the Word when seeking directing for our lives? Godly counselors are great for providing confirmation, but only you know what God is saying to you. He’s not going to tell someone else about the details of your life and then have them convey the message. No. God wants to communicate with you one on one.
In His Word, we can find any answer to any problem. Why-because God cares about what you care about. He cares about whom you marry, where you live, which profession you choose and so on. Does that mean a single gal is going to find the name of her spouse somewhere between the pages of the Bible? No. But she will find the characteristics of a godly man there. If she is wise, she’ll ponder those qualities so that she’ll know a godly man when she sees one. Not only that, she’ll hear her Heavenly Referee say, “That’s him, girl. Go get’em!”
In my devotion, I also talk about how the Spirit of God leads us by way of peace or lack of it. If you don’t have a clear go from God marked by peace. Wait! I can’t stress that enough. I know it’s hard to wait on God, but He has your best interest at heart. God is All-Knowing. He can see down the road and knows what’s ahead. His timing is always right and always right on time! You’ve experienced this. Take a moment and recall a time when you waited on God. Praise Him for being an on time God and not allowing you to move in the wrong direction!
I experienced God’s All-knowing presence today! As some of you know, Monday my son’s baseball team lost their first game of the World Series. It seemed like a tragedy at first. It seemed cruel…as if God brought us all this way to let us fail. It especially hurt since we were predicted to go far in this tournament.
Yesterday, we played in the loser’s bracket. Determined not to let it get us down, we decided to trust God. We entered the playing field not as losers but as State Champions—because that’s who we are. The final score was 15 to 2. We won sending Virginia State home.
It dawned on me then that losing the first game put us in a great position. Playing in the loser’s bracket actually gave us an advantage—a much easier win. Isn’t that the way it works? We struggle and fight to make happen what God can so easily do with less effort if we’ll just trust and follow His lead.
Another clue about making right choices and choosing the right path is to ask yourself: “Is this something that I can put God’s name on?” If not, don’t do it. As Believers, if you and I can’t stamp Christ name all over a decision, a choice, a direction, etc…then it’s not the right move. Again, let peace rule. Peace will either give you a green light or a red light. It’s how our Heavenly Referee communicates with us. Whether we listen or not depends on us.